Benera and Estefan
Conflict Lines, 2018                                                              
Installation (cut-out metal, prints on paper), variable dimensions

Conflict Lines is a wall installation that regards cartography as “an inevitable distortion of reality” Google is forced to bow to legal pressure around the world and show international borders differently because of diplomatic disputes. Also, it changes the borders depending on the domain that the user has entered. In 2010, there was a case when wrong Google data briefly gave a piece of Costa Rica to neighboring Nicaragua, and troops were deployed because of that. The work reveals an unmapped world, by exposing conflict zones hidden by the domain. It asks a simple question: how do we read the ground? In lieu of the official cartography, it postulates a “counter-cartography” which describes an appearance of terrain as well as the mechanisms of its division, its effects, and causes.